*Has some checking on the bottom back of the pipa. (As shown in pictures)
*Has one acoustic elixir string as a replacement, the rest are original.
*Plays and sounds great for the price!
Tucked away in the city’s southwest, near the ancient town of Qibao, the Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory is China’s largest and earliest traditional instruments manufacturer.
Its exterior may be rather plain-looking, but inside is a fascinating trip through the history of musical instruments in China. The museum displays more than 300 precious musical pieces, made variously of bamboo, silk, wood, stone clay and metal to be plucked, beaten, blown or struck by musicians.
Shanghai’s traditional music industry can be traced back to the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-96) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), though it didn’t really start to thrive until the reign of Emperor Daoguang (1821-50) around the downtown City God Temple area. There, small workshops mushroomed, with craftsmen making percussion and stringed instruments. By the end of 1955, Shanghai had more than 60 instrument makers, employing 400 workers.
The industry was reorganized in 1958 when all the privately owned small workshops were amalgamated into three state-owned factories. Among them was the Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory, which made mainly the two-string erhu, the four-string pipa and the guzheng, or Chinese zither.